Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jelly Belly Bunny Baskets

This year's Easter Bunny gifts for teachers, friends and neighbors. 

Tags can be found at Parties and Patterns

Bunny Ear bag pattern can be found here.  They used a Silhouette to cut out fabric.  We did it the old fashioned way...with scissors.

Baskets (.97cents) and ribbon found at TaiPan.  Chocolate Easter eggs found at Costco.

Now to get-a-delivering...down the bunny trail.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Reeses Peanut Butter Blondies-MMMmmm Monday

I have friends who don't love chocolate....WHAT!  
This recipe is just for them.  Just a few chocolate chips (easily changed out with vanilla, mint or whatever kind of chip you like), lots of peanut butter flavors and pretty spring colors.  A delicious, moist blondie!

Thanks i heart naptime for sharing your Easter treat!

Reeses Peanut Butter Blondies
2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup butter (softened)
3 eggs (whisked)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup peanut butter M&M's (chopped)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
4-5 Reeses peanut butter eggs
1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the baking powder and salt with 1 cup of flour.  Pour into the butter mixture and stir in the rest of the flour. Fold in chocolate chips and M&M's.
2. Grease a 13x9 pan and lightly dust with flour or line with foil. Press 1/2 the dough into the pan with flour on your hands. Cut the Reeses into small pieces and lay them on top of the dough. Place the remaining cookie dough on top of the Reeses. You can add extra M&M's on top if you'd like. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Oven temps will vary. Test with a tooth pick. The dough should be soft in the center.
3. Allow bars to cool and then enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Hippity, Hoppity Easters on it's Way

Easter is just around the corner and I'm so ready for Spring color!  We had two sweet sister missionaries over for dinner and thought it might be fun to give them an early Easter treat.    

The basket and most of the goodies are from TaiPan.  The flower and ribbon are from Hobby Lobby.  No Fuss, just Fun!

This cute little chick was so ADORABLY funny that I had to include in the basket.  I love the hair...reminds me of my son's morning bedhead.
(also found at TaiPan)

Happy Spring!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mom's Split Level Bar Cookies-MMMmmm Monday

Our mom has a little blue recipe binder.  She has had it for years and years...and years!  Over the years she has collected recipes from friends, magazines, cookbooks, etc.  All the BEST recipes would go into this little blue binder.  The binder is pretty worn but the recipes are certainly timeless.  This cookie is exceptionally delicious.  

This is what we found in the blue binder...

If you're having trouble is another version:

Split Level Bar Cookies
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup evaporated milk
6 oz. cream cheese
1 cup chopped walnuts
4 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup softened oleo (butter)
(yes you can tell this is an OLD recipe...what is Oleo!)
2 eggs

In saucepan combine choc. chips, cream cheese and milk.  Melt over low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, stir in nuts, seeds, vanilla, blend.  
Set aside.
In large mixer bowl combine remaining ingredients.  Blend with pastry blender just until particles are fine.  Press half of mixture in greased 13x9" pan.  Spread with chocolate mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining crumbs.  
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Cool.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Italian Night with the Young Women-Delizioso!

My daughter and I were invited to an "Italian Night with the young women".  We had so much fun and ate so much food!  Let me tell you why...
Every young woman was invited  to bring her favorite Italian dish to share.  We have a sizeable group of young women so there were many Italian dishes to EAT!  And wow, these girls went above and beyond.  Some spent hours creating their dishes.  All were delizioso!

The hostess of the evening is a lot of fun and equally talented in throwing great parties.  She used her kitchen table as a base for a HUGE round piece of wood and covered it with a big beautiful piece of Italian looking cloth.  There were at least 20 people around this small (enlarged by wood) kitchen table.  In the middle of the table she had constructed a large lazy-susan type turn table.  Brilliant!  After each young woman introduced and explained how she created her dish she would place it on the turn table and spin it carefully around the table for all to taste.  

You'll also notice part of the decor included an Italian looking statue with other assorted greenery and bottled oils.  The statue...found at a garage sale for $5.    

Italian sodas were first on the menu.  This happened to be one of the young women's favorite Italian dishes.  Raspberry, Vanilla or a mix.  A huge hit.  

She shared her recipe...
For each serving:
2 oz half and half
2 oz Italian syrup flavor
4 oz club soda
2 oz crushed ice
Use a tall glass with straight sides.  Put in the ice first, then slowly add the soda, then the syrup and then the creme.  With a long spoon stir until smooth.  We used straws.

Loved these Italian syrup flavors

Next on the menu were several different antipastis (appetizers).  Bruschetta, salami and mozzarella cheese, fruit, etc.  Our main courses included lots of pasta!  My daughter chose to share her favorite, Fettuccine Alfredo.  We call it (cousin) Ben's Famous Fettuccine.  The entire dish of fettuccine was gone in about 2 minutes...seriously.  I'll plan on posting the fettuccine recipe for this coming MMMmmm Monday.  

We also brought our favorite Parmesan Cheese Toasts.  Disappeared rather quickly as well.  Find recipe here.

As we ate we learned a bit about the Italian culture.

After our scrumptious dinner (and that pasta bloat coming on...) our hostess brought out the desserts!  Several moms had lived in Italy for a time so they were pretty authentic dessert choices.  Biscotti, cannoli, cheesecake,fruits and cheeses.

I think I could live quite comfortably (or at least have a nice visit) in Italy.  The food is fabulous!


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing-MMMmmm Monday

I love to flip through the food/recipe magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store.  Once in awhile I even find a recipe that sounds delicious.  This was one of those recipes.  A delicious meal that was very easy to whip together.  My entire family loved it...even the child that doesn't like meat or fruit. 

Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing

1 pkg. (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
6 boneless pork loin chops ( 1 1/2 lb) 3/4 inch thick
(chicken can be substituted for pork) 

HEAT oven to 375 deg.

PREPARE stuffing as directed on package.

SPREAD pie filling onto bottom of 13X9 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with chops and stuffing. Cover with foil.

BAKE 40 min. or until chops are done (145 deg), removing foil after 30 min.

Recipe came from Kraft Stove Top Recipes.  Thanks Kraft Foods!

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